From award-winning author Alan Bradley comes the next cozy British mystery starring intrepid young sleuth Flavia de Luce, hailed by USA Today as "one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature".
Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.
Who held a vendetta against Mr. Collicutt, and why would they hide him in such a sacred resting place? The irrepressible Flavia decides to find out. And what she unearths will prove there’s never such thing as an open-and-shut case.
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"Every Flavia de Luce novel is a reason to celebrate." (USA Today)
"Utterly beguiling." (People (four stars), on The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag)
"Outstanding...[a] marvelous blend of whimsy and mystery." (Publishers Weekly on A Red Herring Without Mustard)
The reader is fabulous.
The story is interesting
The writing is superb!
Flavia, of course, is my
She is always
causing a kerfuffle!
One of the best
readers out there!
Wanted to but could
I hope Alan Bradley
keeps them coming
with Jayne Entwistle!!
This is Bradley's 5th book in the series and he has said he had 7 in mind when he started. He keeps making Flavia ever more captivating.
Bradley admits in the plot that Flavia's world sure has become a series of murder plots, but we don't mind...
Ms. Entwistle still sounds fresh, still has all the girlish inflections, and still makes us want more.
There is a lifelong memory at the end of the first half, where Flavia has a revealing conversation with her father.
Bradley seems to be moving toward an overarching plot for his last two books. May he be as successful in those as in the ones produced thus far.
I've listened to all of the Flavia de Luce Novels and loved every one of them, but this novel has the best mystery so far. I must admit, I didn't put it all together even though all the clues were there.
Alan Bradley has created a wonderfully saucy and precocious girl detective with Flavia de Luce. She is a genius with Chemistry and has a great grasp of human nature, even for 12 years old. She doesn't miss a thing! Somehow, Mr Bradley makes it all believable. In this installment, Flavia finally gets a chance to shine in the end, by recounting her deductions to the idolized Inspector Hewitt and his adored wife, Antigone. A milestone for Flavia!
With all the family dynamics, problems and personalities in the de Luce household, this series keeps us enthralled from book to book. Each book so far has satisfied us with complete stories. This one, however, leaves us with several unanswered questions and a startling cliffhanger. If I'd have known, I may have waited to read it until the next book is released!
Jayne Entwistle, once again, does a marvelous job narrating. She brings Flavia to life with oodles of personality and mischievous charm.
I highly recommend any of the books in this series - especially this one! It is a charming cozy mystery with available clues but subtle twists that will keep you guessing until the end.
Flavia de Luce is the draw in these books. I've read the 4 previous books in this series and just downloaded the latest offering (which I'm saving to read until I've read everything else in the world - including, but not limited to, the active ingredients of NyQuil - in Egyptian hieroglyphs!) because I really hate when these stories end!
The only books which compare to this one are "The Sweetness At a The Bottom Of The Pie", "The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag", "A Red Herring Without The Mustard", and "I Am Half-Sick of Shadows" - ALL by Alan Bradley, ALL narrated by Jayne Entwistle, and ALL "Flavia de Luce Novels"! Sorry - no smoke & mirrors - nothing but the real thing!
In this book, there was a plot twist not presented in any of its predecessors. A CLIFFHANGER! And a very compelling and critical one. It came, totally unexpected, out of the blue, at the very end of the book. To say I was "verklempt" is to put a soft spin on my shock and surprise. And not to be able to go back to Audible and download the then yet-to-be-released Book 6 was enough to give a 63 year-old woman a massive stroke!!
Not only WANTED to listen in one sitting - I DID! And would have kept right on listening if the next book in the series had been released for download at the time!
Yeah!! Please, Alan Bradley, be ready to release Book 6, "The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches" within a week because I know that this elderly de Luce devoteé can not handle going "cold turkey" while waiting "with bated breath for Book 7!!! 😟
Flavia had managed to insert herself into the room so that she could see the opening of Saint Tancred’s grave on the quincentennial of his death, for herself, despite the fact that at not quite twelve years of age, she was not supposed to be anywhere near this historic spectacle. Just at a critical point, the lid of the tomb was jambed, and Flavia, being the only one small enough, was asked to peek in, which would mean she would have the first glimpse of the dead saint. There, in the crypt, the lid became stuck, and only Flavia, armed with her torch, was small enough to peer into it to see the long dead saint. But it was not Sir Tancred’s remains that met her eyes, but poor, dead Mr. Collicutt.
In the meantime, her sister Feely was preparing for her debut as the new church organist following the sudden disappearance of the missing Mr. Collicutt. Flavia managed to learn, despite the enormous attempts of one and all to keep it from her, that Feely was engaged to be married to one of her admirers. She and Daffy even managed to share a hug when they sorrowed over the coming loss of both Feely and their lifelong home, Buckshaw, which was to be sold.
This is the first of the five Flavia de Luce novels I’ve read where I listened to Jayne Entwistle reading it. While she doesn’t read Flavia quite the way I hear it, she does a smashing job, and I have to say that once I became accustomed to some of the little things she added that I thought rather a bit unnecessary at first for such dry humour, I found myself rather enjoying it, and finally enjoying it so much I have to give Jayne’s reading five stars and a heart.
Does Flavia solve the mystery of who Feely is going to marry and who killed Mr. Collicutt and why? Does she solve any of the other little mysteries that, true to a Flavia de Luce novel, come her way? The best way to find out is to read or listen to the novel yourself
I am a full-time artist, intrepid traveler and a voracious reader. I discovered Audible and audio books through my son Corey, who is a narrator of several Audible books.
I keep wondering how on earth Alan Bradley has so successfully channeled a 12-year-old girl with some interesting Tendencies--and with the addition of Jayne Entwistle as narrator I couldn't be happier. I have actually rounded up and listened most of the Flavia de Luce novels narrated by Jayne in spite of having already read them. Yes, her narrating skills are that good!
Flavia de Luce novels are geared to "grown ups" but I would bet a bunch of bucks that they could be enjoyed by tweens just as much. One keeps wondering through the string of books involving murder, mayhem, odd people, British police, a grieving mentally absent father and two snotty sisters, how Flavia does it. Somehow with her chemistry lab and her passion for poison, she stays sunny side with a fillip of the dark side.
These books are a wondrous look at a vanishing and vanished past, one where the uppercrust is crumbling and the village life is safe and sleepy except when Flavia manages to get involved. I catch myself using English slang for days afterwards and hearing Jayne's delivery in my head. Thoroughly enjoyable detecting where a kid is ahead of the cops at every step but not in a smarmy way. Just charming and common sense and a bit wacky.
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The story is written well and Jayne is the key to the Bradley audio books
Flavia is delightfully witty and smart.
Flavia is the star. She is developing into an insightful detective and a young lady with quiet the sensitive side.
The trip to visit Joselin.
All of Flavia's interactions with Dogger that relate to medical descriptions.
I love this series. It is funny, interesting, entertaining, and a great escape.
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